updated 06:10 pm EST, Thu February 3, 2011
DevonAgent 3 now in public beta, adds plug-ins
Users of DevonTechnologies' document management, search analysis and note-taking tools are getting an update that brings support for Microsoft Outlook '11 and better "smart group" handling, says the company. A second public beta of DevonAgent v3 also brings new plug-ins for Gutenberg.org and ACM Digital Library, along with a new navigation bar, making it easier to directly access search results or add them to DevonThink with one click.
DevonAgent is an alternate search tool that intelligently summarizes results from both general search engines (like Google) and specialized ones (like the "Thomas" US legislative search tool), screens the results using an AI engine and presents findings (rather than just a link list) to the user -- allowing advanced boolean operators, wildcards and other methods of creating queries impossible on most search engines.
Results can be archived or used as the basis to build future queries, or sent along to DevonThink or another program for use. Sections from found pages can also be marked and remembered to be readily available when another search of similar material is done (a good example of this would be following a news story, search for articles and marking the best ones -- then, a few months later, searching for any follow-up articles).
In the new public beta for DevonAgent, several scanner and search plug-ins have been updated, and the Application, Help and plug-in assistant dialogs have all been rearranged. The beta accepts existing DevonAgent 2.x license codes (the final release will require an updated license code).
The latest versions of DevonThink and DevonNote (all now at v2.0.7) improve the Take Note panel and fix a bug related to the coordination with DevonThink To Go, the company's iOS version of DevonThink (users will need to remove databased from the mobile device and re-sync to implement the fix). DevonThink can now jump directly to a specific page in a PDF, and DevonThink Pro (and up) can now import notes from del.icio.us. Special groups added to the sidebar retain their icon, and a fix prevents users from accidentally re-installing add-ons that have already been installed. DevonThink Pro Office improves email archiving and text recognition, adds compatibility with ScanSnap Manager v3, and updates compatibility with Tinderbox and Sente 6 (applies to DevonThink Pro as well).
The DevonTechnologies suite of products all require Mac OS X 10.5 or later, and include generous free trial versions. The DevonAgent v3 public beta is free but expires at the end of March, and will then need to be replaced either by a further public beta or a licensed version. Users who bought DevonAgent after January 1st, 2009 will be eligible for free upgrades.
DevonThink comes in various editions, starting with Personal for $50, Professional for $80, and Professional Office for $150. DevonNote sells for $25 separately or can be bundled with the professional editions of DevonThink. Users of DevonNote can now upgrade to DevonThink for just the price difference. DevonThink to Go is available for iOS devices for $15 (introductory price).